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by fetchface
Fri Jan 14, 2022 2:11 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Fight The New Drug
Replies: 39
Views: 531

Re: Fight The New Drug

So, you asked (in this thread) if we should sacrifice for God. I'm simply playing off of that. Should we sacrifice for God? Does he deserve it? But hey, looks like you just want to preach past us instead of really telling us what you think. :roll: I just want to know how you know God is worth worshi...
by fetchface
Fri Jan 14, 2022 1:23 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Fight The New Drug
Replies: 39
Views: 531

Re: Fight The New Drug

Heavens no. Sounds like a pitiful bronze-age mythical god. If you find the institution of slavery upheld in a book said to have been written by God, what would you expect to find in a book inspired by the devil? Bonfire, what are your thoughts on God endorsing slavery in the bible? Why should we ob...
by fetchface
Fri Jan 14, 2022 1:07 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Saturday Sabbath
Replies: 16
Views: 1390

Re: Saturday Sabbath

When I was Elder's Quorum President, I would find myself frequently thinking, "day of rest, my ass."
by fetchface
Thu Jan 13, 2022 12:57 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Did anyone else hear voices?
Replies: 20
Views: 368

Re: Did anyone else hear voices?

I never heard actual voices, but I think that it is certainly possible for the human mind to conjure them if you are in enough distress. I find it very difficult to get into the spiritual answer mode in general. I only ever had the "Holy Ghost" prayer experience once. I said a prayer and received a ...
by fetchface
Thu Jan 13, 2022 12:49 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Elder Gong: “Please don’t post that photo…”
Replies: 46
Views: 734

Re: Elder Gong: “Please don’t post that photo…”

I can't help but notice that Elder Gong's request to his son is certainly at odds with what we read about Jesus freely associating with what the religious authorities considered sinners. Do Mormons still hold the ideal of being Christlike? Was it an aggressive act for Matt Gong to post the picture a...
by fetchface
Mon Jan 03, 2022 7:52 am
Forum: Support
Topic: Harry Reid Died
Replies: 4
Views: 284

Re: Harry Reid Died

I grew up in Vegas and Harry Reid would attend priesthood opening exercises in random wards during campaign season. He landed in ours one week. Didn't say anything but I think he was just there to remind people that he was Mormon. I voted for him once before I really started to get politically brain...
by fetchface
Wed Dec 08, 2021 11:32 am
Forum: Support
Topic: Does anyone know Jeff Ricks? Founder of Postmormon.org
Replies: 4
Views: 580

Re: Does anyone know Jeff Ricks? Founder of Postmormon.org

That Lloyd Dobler rant over there about the holy ghost was probably the most cathartic thing I ever read on the subject of Mormonism. A real gem.
by fetchface
Wed Dec 08, 2021 11:28 am
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: HOW did Joseph Smith write the BOM?
Replies: 20
Views: 1193

Re: HOW did Joseph Smith write the BOM?

Gee, however could an uneducated but charismatic person with a gift for telling stories dictate a book riddled with anachronisms?

Only a miracle could produce that boring book filled with two-dimensional characters and mistakes! /s
by fetchface
Wed Dec 08, 2021 11:24 am
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Snufferism is better
Replies: 19
Views: 1264

Re: Snufferism is better

Snuffer seemed to really be tap dancing when they asked for his position on homosexuality. I took his answer to mean that they actively disapprove of homosexual relationships. Snufferism might be better in some respects but it is still a bunch of people pretending to know things they don't and causi...
by fetchface
Thu Sep 09, 2021 11:27 am
Forum: Support
Topic: Five Months Down. 55 To Go.
Replies: 17
Views: 1704

Re: Five Months Down. 54 To Go.

I was never a bishop but when I was EQP with three toddlers and an infant at home, I remember on my drives home from work thinking about how if I got in a car accident and died, death would be a nice rest. Clearly I had too much going on in my life to be EQP, but the feedback I got from my leaders w...
by fetchface
Thu Sep 09, 2021 11:17 am
Forum: Support
Topic: My Update
Replies: 11
Views: 1142

Re: My Update

Hey, I remember you! I don't post much here anymore either but browse when I'm bored. My formerly TBM wife finally had her issues boil to the surface earlier this year and left. I think the issue that just pushed her over the edge was that she had direct knowledge that a currently serving bishop had...
by fetchface
Thu May 13, 2021 10:03 am
Forum: Support
Topic: 'Do you think I could ever be happy outside of the church?'
Replies: 18
Views: 1814

Re: 'Do you think I could ever be happy outside of the church?'

This is a very powerful trick the church plays on people, making it seem that happiness only exists inside the system. I think what really set me up for my disaffection was that I started consciously noticing that I was never more miserable than when I was doing everything the church asked of me. Wh...
by fetchface
Fri May 07, 2021 9:08 am
Forum: Support
Topic: Is forgiveness required?
Replies: 19
Views: 2285

Re: Is forgiveness required?

Forgiveness is a nebulous term. I think a lot of people like to say it is required, because they are Christian and Jesus said it is required. Outside of that, I don't see why it would be. You want to let go of toxic anger for your own mental health and all that for sure. Sometimes that means coming ...
by fetchface
Tue Apr 27, 2021 8:47 am
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Did Natasha Helfer-Parker get Exed?
Replies: 82
Views: 10411

Re: Did Natasha Helfer-Parker get Exed?

I think there may have been an effort to bring endowed women back under bishopric courts. I personally know of a local endowed woman who cheated on her husband and that was handled by a bishopric court. I heard the story directly from her so I trust its accuracy. This was a few years ago. I just don...
by fetchface
Wed Apr 14, 2021 1:35 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Forced Turning Point
Replies: 156
Views: 21071

Re: Forced Turning Point

I have a hard time imagining, as an unbeliever, being a bishop. When I lost my faith, one of the first feelings that washed over me was a profound sense of relief that I would never have to be a bishop. So beetbox's words ring true to me. All I can think is that you and I must be pretty different fo...
by fetchface
Mon Apr 12, 2021 11:33 am
Forum: Support
Topic: Mormonism my way ?
Replies: 12
Views: 1789

Re: Mormonism my way ?

I was attending in jeans and colorful short-sleeved button-up shirts up until the Covid shutdown. I think it definitely sends the message that you aren't a company man, but nobody ever said anything to me. I was resigned and attending sacrament meeting with my wife, though. Zealous members might try...
by fetchface
Wed Apr 07, 2021 7:21 am
Forum: Support
Topic: Doubters are lazy learners!!!!!
Replies: 47
Views: 6453

Re: Doubters are lazy learners!!!!!

I've read thousands of pages of books on church history. If that's what a lazy learner is, I don't know what it could possibly look like to not be lazy, lol.
by fetchface
Tue Apr 06, 2021 12:05 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: The 2020 numbers
Replies: 35
Views: 4883

Re: The 2020 numbers

I have lost track of how many reddit posts I've seen where a pre-Covid TBM found themselves with time on their hands and unpacked their shelf during lockdown, and now they're out (and some resigned). I concur that Covid hit the church hard. My wife was pretty all-in until Covid. The way she describ...
by fetchface
Tue Apr 06, 2021 7:17 am
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: The 2020 numbers
Replies: 35
Views: 4883

Re: The 2020 numbers

Well, if I know the church, and I do know the church, I know that these numbers are fudged in some way. The real question is: how fudged are they? My personal experience is that I know of far more resignations in my social circle this year than any other year since my disaffection in 2012. Covid too...
by fetchface
Mon Apr 05, 2021 11:14 am
Forum: Support
Topic: Forced Turning Point
Replies: 156
Views: 21071

Re: Forced Turning Point

For whatever reason, the church seems extremely reluctant to release bishops early. This gives you power. As long as you steer clear of certain things, you can probably have wide latitude to run things as you see fit even if it is pretty different from the way things are typically run. If your SP do...